The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

Bob’s Pick: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer When one thinks of naval battles in the Pacific during the Second World War, one usually thinks about really large ships or major combatants, such as aircraft carriers and battleships, slugging it out.  This was true in most cases, but there were…

This Poison Heart

Rebecca’s Pick: This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron Okay, I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for a beautiful book cover! Briseis, who we quickly learn is adopted, lives with her moms in Brooklyn. They own a flower shop, which is convenient as Bri has a proclivity for plants…. Alright, it’s more than that. She’s…

The Eagle’s Claw

Bob’s Pick: The Eagle’s Claw by Jeff Shaara What hasn’t been said about the Battle of Midway? It is one of the most studied and analyzed battles of WWII. It was the key battle of the war in the Pacific that halted the advance of the Japanese Empire, protected Hawaii and America’s west coast, and…

News of the World

Alberto’s Pick – News of the World directed by Paul Greengrass. In News of the World, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) — a Civil War veteran — travels the U.S. countryside in 1870, reading the latest newspapers to customers who can afford to pay him a dime apiece. On the road, Kidd finds a…

Arsenic and Adobo

Bob’s Pick: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala Mabuhay! or Welcome! to the first of a series of murder mysteries collectively known as the “Tita Rosie” series. Ms. Manansala introduces us to a world involving a Filipino community living in Shady Palms, a suburb just outside the city of Chicago. The main character of the…

World Travel

Bob’s Pick: World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain Who likes leftovers? Not just any leftovers, the anecdotes and excerpts from Mr. Bourdain’s  life would excite just about anyone’s palate. A fine bouillabaisse of excerpts from all of Mr. Bourdain’s previous  TV shows, including “Parts Unknown”, “No Reservations”,  “A Cook’s Tour” and “The Layover”…

The Bad Guys

Rebecca’s Pick: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Straying a little from my usual picks I give you: The Bad Guys. Is it a children’s graphic novel? Yes. Are there fart jokes? Yes, lots. But, stick with me, this is a fun one that adults can enjoy – with or without kids! Just because a…

Mary Jane: a novel

Cori’s Pick:  Mary Jane: a novel by Jessica Anya Blau Today I offer the third installment of summer Beach Read Season 2021!  I’m switching it up a bit with this recommendation in that it’s not a romance, but a coming-of-age story that I completely fell in love with.  It transported me to a decade that…

The Maidens

Stephanie’s Pick: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides Alex Michaelides, author of the twisty New York Times best seller The Silent Patient, is back at it again with his sophomore novel The Maidens. Set in the academic world of Cambridge University Michaelides incorporates ancient Greek mythology into this fast-paced psychological mystery. But don’t worry, you don’t…

Life’s Too Short

Cori’s Pick: Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez Welcome to the second installment of Beach Read Season 2021!  Are you sweating?  Yeah, me too, but I’m just happy to be here.  The good news is there are so many great books out right now to distract us from the cruel Florida heat.  Life’s Too Short…